Diet and Yoga Therapy for Cancer

Diet and Yoga Therapy for Cancer

by Sanjay B

There is a need for emphasizing again & again that health of the individual is mainly dependent or determined by their behaviour, their food and nature of their environment. This is true in each and every disease & also in case of Cancer – which still is a dreaded but less spoken about these days because the menace of AIDS, reoccurrence of T.B. and Terrorism are burning like forest blaze.

It is surprising to know that in spite of vast research evidently showing the preventive, curative and health promotive aspects by various diet & organic nutrients, changes in life style etc., people are still ignorant about all these aspects. The same old procedures of suffering, medication / drugs / pills / surgeries / agony & death are adopted. Though surgery has done a breakthrough, but prevention and health promotion are totally neglected.There are hundred kinds of cancers. It’s a disease in which cells multiply uncontrollably, destroy healthy tissue and harm life. Whenever anything interferes with the reproductive control of cells multiply & gradually build up a mass of tissue called a tumour, some are benign. The malignant ones are those which invade, compress and eventually destroy surrounding healthy tissue cells can break away from the malignant tumour. They are earned by the blood or lymph to other parts of body where they continue to multiply and so form new tumours. If this is the way bombarding goes on in the body in case of cancer, our approach for surgeries, radiation, Chemotherapy becomes just of timely relief and not a complete treatment. After basic understanding about metastasis – spread of cancer into more sites, we need to have a fresh approach of comprehensive drugless therapy, a complete treatment modality for cancer, because this alone can have three dimensional approach i.e. preventive curative & health promotive aspects.

When there are hundred types of cancers, obviously there are thousand types of causative factors. By seeing the list of carcinogens & different causative factors of internal and external environment of the individual is rather important and useful in the prevention & treatment of cancer. Some of them are asbestos, saw dust in rubber, plastic, leather, textile (synthetic) factories, aluminium vessel cooking, nuclear wastes, lead filled exhaust fumes of motor vehicle, nitrates, fertilizers; x-ray causes leukemia; food coloring & reagents, chlorination-produces several halogenated organic compounds which are carcinogenic, synthetic estrogens – adeno-carcinoma of vagina and cervix; immunosuppressant drugs – causes liver gall-bladder, lungs and skin cancers; excessive intake of fat increases risk of cancer of uterus, rectum, colon & stomach; oesophageal and liver cancer – due to alcohol; excessive caffeine – cancer of pancreas & urinary bladder; fungus of grains – (gives toxic (aflotoxin) effect; use of saccharin, cyclamate – urinary bladder cancer; frying, browning, roasting release hydrocarbons which are carcinogenic.

All the above mentioned carcinogens are all around & increasing in alarming percentage at one-side & due to increased stress, strain m present chaotic world has brought down the immunity in people and most of them become prey to the situation and get into the vicious circle of disease-despair – death. The air we breathe is not fresh. The water we drink is not free from contamination. The security-social security, for which man longed for ages, is still a question mark. With increasing terrorism, dacoit, theft, murders etc. which has increased the social unrest than ever. People are running to procure materialistic comforts and succumb to greed & fear. The environment to feel fresh & happy is not prevailing. The food we eat is so contaminated & on top of it the way we intellect people eat has made food almost dead. It does not provide live atoms to the body cells. The cells are starved from nutrition & clogged with toxins called as cellular constipation, which leads to mal-absorption & diseases. This in turn brings down the immunity, in turn which invites host of illness & suffering. Hence, the right approach to treat is from naturopathic principles, which emphasizes on detoxification – cleansing the body of debris & starved cells to relieve the cellular constipation; provide live food – live atom, which is vibrant food with full of live force ‘prana’ life energy; which has enzymes, acts as a catalyst for detoxification and absorption of nutrients. It is reported that Dr. Steven A Rosenberg, operated on President Ronald Reagan’s colon cancer & put him on diet therapy instead of chemo or radio therapy due to its side effects.

The higher incidence of colon, rectum cancer is due to increased calorie intake. Fat, which increases the bile acids in the bowel & also increased intake of non-vegetarian food, more refined, deodorized, bleached, synthetically colored & flavored items. Fibers in the food – which increase the stool bulk, quick passage, reduce constipation & reduce the fat absorption, are not consumed. Here are some of the foods which help in fighting cancers as well, helps in prevention & health promotion, provided taken in its natural live form & not cooked or fried, which entirely spoils their nutritive and medicinal values:


  • Beet Juice: Sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sulphur, chlorine, iodine, iron, copper, vit B; B2, niacin, B6,C&R
  • Cabbage: Speeds up metabolism of oestrogen, helps in colon cancer.
  • Carrot: Antidote to lung cancer, antioxidant, (betacarotme) Vit A.
  • Citrus fruit: Flavonoids, teepenes, limonoids, coumarins, glutathione (anti cancer compound) (lime, lemon orange & grapefruit)
  • Curd: Vit D, calcium, lactobacillus acidophilus.
  • Fiber Rich Foods: Bran, oats, barley, legumes-potato, carrot, Teet, turnip, sweet patato, mango, gauva, leafy veg-cabbage, lettuce, celery.
  • Fruits & Vegetables: Normal serving – two fruits, 3 vegetables a day. 100-150gms. fruits, l00 gms. raw leafy vegetables, 1 fruit (medium) or 175ml. fruit / veg. juice. (Instead of eating more cooked food of less nutritional value)
  • Garlic & Onions: Compounds-diallyl sulphide, they block C agents like nitrasamines aflatoxin. (spleen, stomach, lung, liver) ajoene-is toxic to malignant cells, antibiotic function – H- pylori bacteria.
  • Grapes: Salt of potash in grapes.
  • Green Veg.: Spinach, lettuce, broccoli, (antioxidants; beta-carotenes, folic acid, lecithin)
  • Indian Gooseberry: Vit C, (potent anti toxin) cancer cells.
  • Liquorice: Triterpenoids (blocks quick-growing.)
  • Margosa: Blood purifier decreases body heat.
  • Milk: Vit D & calcium inhibits the growth of cancer other sources – lettuce, spinach, cabbage, carrot, water cress, orange, lemon, almond, fig & walnut.
  • Olive Oil: Decreases saturated fat, like fish oil also. Animal fat increases breast cancer.
  • Papaya leaves & papaya: Decreases cancer growth.
  • Raw foods: Raw garlic, raw potato juice etc.
  • Soyabean: Inhibit the growth compound phytoestrogens similar drug tamoxifen.
  • Tomato: Lycopene (research in Germany) (also in watermelon) it is twice powerful then the beta-carotene)
  • Vit C: Large doses can be effective prophylactic agent.
  • Wheat Bran: Decreases estrogen in blood.
  • Wheat Grass Juice: (Leukemia) repair damaged cells, minerals trace elements, vitamins, chlorophyll, potassium, magnesium and calcium.
  • Spirulina: Proteins, carotenoids, Vit A (Oral Cancer), B, C & E, 92 minerals out of 1 16 minerals, 8 essential amino acids, excellent source of protein & enzymes, rebuilds immune system, iron helps metabolize & regulate blood sugar levels.

It is evident, the elaborate research diet therapy plays a major role in prevention, curative and health promotion aspects. The emphasis on live diet, microbiotics & macrobiotics diet is the answer for all types of cancers.


The research all over the globe in combating cancer & role of Yoga is quite evident. Stress is one of the major etiological factors in the cause of cancer. Along with diet the most integral & important part of the treatment is mental & emotional factors – which can be perfectly balanced by yogic techniques. If we try to understand the cellular biology, the cancer cells are weak, confused and incorrect genetically coded cells; hence it is predisposed & gets attacked by carcinogenic substances, which are mainly caused due to environmental origin, occupational hazards, improper lifestyles and habits.

Yoga helps to cope with stress at various levels – body, pranic, mental, social, moral etc. Yoga increases tolerance to pain, brings more positive mental attitude. Human energy field researchers have referred to cancer as energy diseases; it is evident with research pranayama, reduces stress, balances the energy channels & brings homeostasis. Different streams of Yoga helps at different levels & to different types of personality traits. Through Meditation one can control pain, further metastasis, brings broader outlook to life & death, channelize the emotions. By this there can be regression in multiplication of cells. Hence, diet therapy & Yoga is potent tool to cut cancer menace.

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